Andy Murray is back in familiar ground this week in London for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. And the Scot isn’t shy of putting added pressure on himself.
Asked if he could duplicate Novak Djokovic’s incredible 2011 season, Murray, who has never won a Grand Slam, didn’t back down.
“You have to believe that,” Murray said. “Last year, [Novak] was losing matches, struggling with his serve a lot and trying to make some changes. People were asking if Djokovic was going to win another Grand Slam, is he was good enough to do it.
“It just shows that everyone is good enough to do it. It’s just whether you can play your best tennis at the right moments and gain confidence as he has done this year. No one can improve that much at this stage of our careers, it’s just a confidence thing because his game was always there.”
Last year in the Finals Murray lost an epic semifinal to Rafael Nadal. A loss, Murray says, helped his game for the better.
“In some ways it was a help,” Murray said of the match with Rafa. “Maybe it helped me that I lost, because it forced me to work harder and improve. Hopefully I can finish the year playing good tennis.”
Murray opens his ATP Finals campaign Monday afternoon against former finalist David Ferrer.
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